“Fire & Ice” Mail Exhibit Now Open at National Postal Museum

The innovative “Fire & Ice: Hindenburg and Titanic exhibit opened yesterday at the National Postal Museum. The exhibit, which will be open through January 6, 2014, brings together artifacts from the zeppelin LZ-129 Hindenburg and ocean liner RMS Titanic, the world’s largest mobile post offices.

From the Postal Museum’s website:

Exhibit highlights include a very rare piece of mail sent from Titanic and burnt mail salvaged from Hindenburg. Other items include mail, postcards, menus, photographs, keys from Titanic’s post office and the salvaged postmark device from Hindenburg. Many of these photographs and artifacts have never before been available for public viewing.

Joining us at the ribbon-cutting ceremony was Frank Ward, a ground crew member for the Hindenburg and eyewitness to the airship’s 1937 disaster. His account of the experience is nothing short of harrowing! Here Mr. Ward signs a book for Stephen Kearney, Manager of Stamp Services, USPS.

This exciting exhibit is the first of its kind. If you find yourself in the Washington, D.C., area stop by and check it out!

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